About a few months ago, I met a friend who I had discovered was into Gaksital. I was thrilled as my circle of friends had not seen that drama yet. We discussed about the drama and naturally the topic went to Joo Won. She told me she had watched all of his dramas (not that many, just 3), his variety persona, his appearances in music videos and his musical pre-debut days. I… having watched Joo Won for the first time as Gaksital had no idea and I felt bad. I was too busy loving his ‘Lee Kang To’ persona that I neglected the Actor Joo Won. I really, really think Joo Won has potential in acting, although he sometimes overacts, but that may be because he is still used to theatre acting. He has expressive eyes and is able to focus in matters of seconds. That’s why I’ve decided to watch his previous projects to kind of show my support as a fan.
I’ve watched 1 Night 2 Days and initially, I was kind of weird out by his very, very different personality from Lee Kang To. I mean, when I see Lee Kang To, I see hot guy but when I see 1N2D Joo Won, I go, ‘Baby!!!’ This guy does aegyo naturally like nobody’s business. It really makes you appreciate his acting more. One thing about 1N2D is that they usually do their openings at the KBS Building. I was there! But back then, I haven’t watched the show. I would’ve enjoyed the visit more and took lots of pictures near the staircase. I’m really starting to fall for this guy. He can act, sing and is good in athletic games. What more do you want? (Just don’t ask him maths or general knowledge.)
Since it’s the holidays, I decided to give a shot at Baker King Kim Tak Gu. I remembered my friend saying that it’s a good drama and it reached the ‘national drama’ status due to its rating achieving 50% viewership. The drama is really the soap-drama-kind. Affairs. Check. That secretary who somehow forgotten the good deeds done by the employer. Check. Crazy mother. Check. Rivalry between rich and poor boys. Check. You got almost every makjang ingredients for this bread drama recipe. You could say this drama is the elder sister of Five Fingers and Nice Guy (maybe just a half-sister). The flow of the drama feels like a manga, with its bread metaphor and corny speeches and the I’m-checking-the-humidity dance.
Plot-wise, the story is predictable. Nope, I take that back, very predictable. If I were one of the characters there, I’d be fortuneteller, even better than that pottery guy (refer to Ep 1). I can’t say I like the parents of both the boys. (A brief maths description: President Dad + Caretaker/Tak Gu’s Mom = Tak Gu & Mommy Dearest + President’s secretary = Ma Jun. Psst. President Dad doesn’t know about the affair with the sec, but somehow he treats Ma Jun coldly and favours Tak Gu. I don’t know why. He said that Ma Jun had benefited from him all these years while Tak Gu didn’t so Money = Attention? Thanks for that lesson, President Dad. You’re the best. Yea, I don’t like him.) Every one played a part in causing the mess that is Mommy Dearest, that includes herself of course, because in the end, she’s the ones who made all the bad decisions . And to Tak Gu’s Mom, no matter how innocent you were, sleeping with someone’s husband is a big No-No! Hey, it takes two to tango.
Joo Won plays Ma Jun, the second guy for this drama, but his character feels like the typical rich jerk first guy stereotype, but with a pinch of meanness from Mommy Dearest and President’s Secretary while Yoo Shi Yoon opted for Sunshine Kim Tak Gu. Thanks to him, I’ve developed a when-Kim Tak Gu-smiles-then-I-smile disease. I don’t know, his smile is very contagious. Even though Ma Jun is the antagonist of the story, I can’t help feeling sorry for him because deep, deep, deep, deep down, he’s just a lost kid who’s craving for love. And because it’s Joo Won, I can’t help making heart shapes towards him and swooning at his every jerk moments that I was afraid that I might become one of those I-see-no-wrong-in-my-Oppa fan. (I’m not, thank god.) Every time he crosses the line, I’d be really upset at him, though not to the point of dislike. There are times where I can’t bear to watch him fall deeper and deeper to the point of no return, but I reminded myself there were times where Kang To was even worse than this. I’m already 70% episodes in, so I can’t back out now and I really hope in the end, he would redeem himself. Pleeeaaassseee!!! (I guess this must be how all the Shunji’s fans felt.)